KwaZulu-Natal health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo. Picture: SOWETAN
KwaZulu-Natal health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo. Picture: SOWETAN

The DA in KwaZulu-Natal has stepped up its campaign against provincial health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo‚ setting up an online petition calling for his removal.

According to reports, an oncology crisis in KwaZulu-Natal has deepened in recent weeks‚ with just two state oncologists currently employed — neither of them in Durban‚ the biggest city in the province.

A second crisis‚ this one involving a critical shortage of urology specialists‚ now means that potentially tens of thousands of patients will go untreated or face unhealthily long waiting periods before being seen.

The South African Human Rights Commission recently issued a damning report highlighting the oncology crisis and saying that patients’ human rights were being denied.

These are among the factors for setting up the petition‚ which is housed on the DA’s own petition site.

"KwaZulu-Natal health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo‚ and his department have been found guilty of violating the rights of cancer patients to proper treatment at two of the province’s biggest public hospitals‚" the petition reads.

"The KwaZulu-Natal health MEC has repeatedly shown that he is incapable of restoring proper treatment to cancer sufferers‚ a situation that is being compounded by KwaZulu-Natal premier Willies Mchunu’s ongoing refusal to take action against him. We cannot let an elite circle of ANC members be protected as more cancer patients suffer and die‚" it continues.

The petition was launched on Monday morning.

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